Police reminding drivers of school zone safety
TEMPLE -- Starting today, some schools in Temple have officially opened their doors for the 2012-2013 school year but it's the path to those schools that have police urging everyone to be cautious.
"Little kids can be unpredictable and that's why school zones are put in place is the number one reason. The other reason is to get traffic slowed down around the drop off areas," said Sgt. Brad Hunt, Temple P.D.
But despite a doubled fine speeding through school zones is still a problem.
So Temple police are cracking down.
"The tolerance there is low because the risk is higher. If you are failing to comply with that or notice that you may fail to also notice those pedestrians that are around there," said Hunt.
And if that's the case pedestrians better be on the look out as well.
"Cross at the crosswalk is the main thing if you walk to school. Always look out for cars. Remember cars can't see you as well as you can see them," said Hunt.
Other reminders for drivers are to always be watchful for pedestrians even in unlikely places. Stop for school crossing guards as soon as they enter any portion of the cross walk. And remember all cell phone use is prohibited in Temple school zones.